Daily Archives: April 8, 2019

A Notre Dame women’s coach gives a fantastic speech about equality. A pretty awesome world record as a small N.Y. town becomes a human shamrock. And a rugby singer in an odd outfit croons his heart out

There was a whole lot of great sports stuff that happened this past weekend. There were two pretty good men’s Final Four games, a controversial-as-hell ending to the Auburn-Virginia game (my thoughts are that yes, Virginia got away with a double dribble but there was a clear Auburn foul before Ty Jerome double-dribbled, and that most definitely WAS a foul on Auburn at the end of the game, giving UVA’s Kyle Guy three free throws, the last of which was the winning point), and a remarkable women’s national title game, won by Baylor.

My Brooklyn Nets clinched a playoff spot, shocking fans like me, and assorted other baseball and hockey news.

But for my money, this (below) was the most impactful and important two minutes of sports in the last few days. Notre Dame women’s coach Muffet McGraw, a couple days before her team would lose a crushing national final to Baylor, talking about the lack of equality, and opportunity, in women’s sports as compared to men.

She’s angry, she’s passionate, and she’s smart. And I just think, watching this, that there will be girls inspired to grow up and change things, and maybe, must maybe, it’ll change a few men’s minds, too.

This is fabulous. Please watch this 2-minute speech.

**Next up today, hat tip to my good friend and loyal blog reader Will for sending this to me, and even if St. Patrick’s Day was a few weeks ago now, this is worth seeing.

In the little upstate N.Y. town of Elmira, a new world record was set for the most people ever forming a human shamrock. This video, shot in 4K, is pretty mesmerizing: I watched it three times and was blown away each time.

If you’re wondering, and of course you are, there were more than 1,200 people making that shamrock.

I love this country.

**And finally today, it’s Monday and if you’re like me, you need a little pick me up. So I give you a former rugby player from France named Sebastien Chabal, belting out the great song by The Proclaimers “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” at a recent tournament in Hong Kong.

While, of course, dressed as a caveman.

I SO want to go to Karoake Night in a New York City bar with Sebastien dressed like this. We totally would win.

Have a wonderful day. And if at all possible, come to work dressed as a caveman tomorrow.